About Cristi's Creations

I am a thirtysomething wife and work at home mom of an enthusiastic, wonderful two year old son and a beautiful baby boy. You could also say I'm a bit of a "creative junkie." My biggest creative outlet is that of photographer. However, I am also a blog nut. After months of searching the web, trying to find cute and unique blog backgrounds (and ones that wouldn't erase any of my sidebar elements), I finally figured out how to create them myself. I wanted to "share the love." So, during the Christmas season, I decided to make this little website so that my friends and family could also use the backgrounds that I had made. It's sort of just spread from there. I love doing it! (It's always nice to have another creative outlet and way to give service.) It's totally free - no strings attached. Seriously! If you do decide to use any of them, I'd love for you to comment about what you think! (Commenting helps me know what the general public prefers and which directions to take my future creations.) Thanks! Loves! Cristi :)

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Monday, October 26, 2009

A CCC - Cristi's Creations Contest!!

With nearly 23,000 hits to my site in less than a year, and with Thanksgiving and the Holidays coming up, I decided it was about time that I do my very first ever blog giveaway! As for the prize, I thought it would be appropriate that you win something that I have made, since this is, after all, Cristi's Creations. However, I am not a very crafty girl - like so many others out there in cyberspace. Pretty much the only things that I can do (besides creating blog backgrounds) are take pictures and sing (and I'm only amateurish at those). So, if you win, you will have to be stuck with something created by yours truly as your prize. You have been warned. Now enter at your own risk ...

Here's how it works: You will receive one entry simply for leaving your name in a comment here. A second entry will be received by looking through the following 10 backgrounds and telling me which is your favorite that I have created so far. A third entry for mentioning this giveaway on your own blog. And a fourth entry if you actually use one of my backgrounds and then let me know (include a link so I can see).

Four ways to enter, four ways to win!

Tell me which of the following backgrounds you like best:

Option 1 - "Easy Breezy"

Option 2: "Sun Porch"

Option 3: "Zebra"

Option 4: "Floral Smoothie"

Option 5: "Seaside"

Option 6: "Little Garden"

Option 7: "Cristi's Photography"

Option 8: "Sweet Rainbow"

Option 9: "Just Breath"

Option 10: "Top of the World"

Or feel free to peruse my designs and tell me your very own favorite, even if it's not posted here as one of the 10 to choose from.

Now ...

The prize: an 8x12 digital fine art print of your choice (from the following 7 images taken by moi)

OR ... the following CD that I had the opportunity to record a solo on a few years back:

OR ... if none of these prizes suit you, I can surely think up something else that you WILL like! So play anyway! :)

You will have until next Monday, November 2nd to enter. That gives you only ONE WEEK. On your mark, get set, play!


Krystal said...

Name - Krystal :)

Favorite background: #8

I will put one on my blog tomorrow night if I remember and blog about it too!

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Ma Fitz said...

My favorite background is the birch trees. LOVE that and I'm putting it on my blog tomorrow. And I'm advertising your contest. And . . . I've been using your backgrounds consistently since you began creating them. So, THANK YOU!

Jeff and Calla Hines said...

Name: Poop Monster Jr. aka Calla:-D

Love Zebra because it's just so fun!!

Check out my blog http://thehines57s.blogspot.com/

Love your Halloween backgrounds!!

Mrs. Simonsen said...

Name: Kelly Simonsen!

Fav: I always love zebra!!

I will be putting this on my blog! I always love everything you create!

And our blog is:


Jessi said...

This is fun! And now I can participate since I have my own blog :) I had to laugh as I read through your contest rules because you're giving everybody FOUR ways to enter in!! How are you gonna count all of those?! :) Okay, um... of COURSE I love "seaside" best!!! And I'll post a link to your contest but I think only YOU will see it! ...oh, and maybe three or four others. ha! And what was the other one? Oh! I already have one of your backgrounds so that should be four for me!

I would love to win this! And if I don't I still want a fine art print of yours :)

C-reg and Saman said...

name: sammi

fav: option 2 "sun porch"

i've only had your blog backgrounds for our family blog! love 'em! check it out when you get your invitation...just sent it.

AND i'm going to post something on my blog! i am so totally loving that temple pic that is kinda sepia toned or something. i seriously will have to consider buying it from you if i don't win--i LOVE it!

caroline said...

You are so talented! I would love to win . . .My favorite background is the zebra one. Hope things are going well with you and Leo.

Cate said...

Hey Cristi! Well I love a lot of the backgrounds...but right now I'm feeling sassy so I'd go with #3 Zebra! :)

Cate Sheffer

Rebecca said...

I really like #6 "little garden." here's the link to my site which I will be using your background on. How fun!

Carol B said...

Hi Cristi - My fave is #2 - sun porch. I love the colors and the shapes and motion. The birch trees are a close second.

Rands Family said...

I like the trees. It is really cool. I am not that smart when it some to doing back grounds so I have not used yours yet. When I figure it out I will use it.

Alan and Kiersten said...

CRISTI! this is so fun! i will post it on my blog! my favorite one is #6 although it was hard for me to choose! and i've been using your backgrounds since you started cristi's creations! i love them! but in case you want to check...alanandkiersten.blogspot.com - love you!

Rebecca said...

Hi Cristi-it's me leaving a comment and I love #7 of the Aspens, I have loved that photo ever since I saw it at your house while we were there and I have wanted one so very badly--I even thought of it the other day while looking at the changing leaves here (boy how could I get a copy of that photo of Cristi's?). So I hope I win! I don't want to change my background (one of yours) because I've become so attached to it-I know that's weird, but every time I try to change it, it just doesn't look right!
Love you~

Rachel said...

name: rachel schanz!
I'm allready using the trees with the fall colors as my background, (that should count for extra right :) and it's my favorite.

Dave and Jenn said...

I love your blog backgrounds. My favorite is Floral Smoothie. I love flowers!


kladle said...

1. Kathy
2. Ooo....how fun! I LOVE options 5&7. Too hard to decide!
3. I do use one of your backgrounds on my blog: http://Devinandkathy.blogspot.com
4. I'm going to go blog about this fun giveaway right now!


Becki Varney said...

1. Rebecca Varney. I love this! Thanks for the oportunity.
2. I can't decide between the "Cristi's Photography" trees or "Sweet Rainbow".
3. I am posting about the contest now.
4. I always use your backgrounds. I'm changing the current one right now to the trees one. Purrrrfect for Fall.

Katrina said...

My name is Katrina Espinoza
I will have to do the rest later since my son put gum in his hair

Coralee said...

Yeah for 4 entries!
1. Name: Coralee
2. Favorite background #7
3. Posted on my blog: http://bernard-fam.blogspot.com/
4. Updated with a new background for Halloween...so fun! :)

Rachel and John said...

Hi Cristi
My name is Rachel and my fav is "Little Garden" in fact I had it up for a while as my background :) Love all of your creations and I think you are so tallented. I follow a bunch of blog background blogs, but yours is one of my favorites! Hope all is well.

Percy2626 said...

Pamela H.

I like numbers 5,7,8 and 9 the best! So many nice ones!

I mentioned you on my blog and used a Halloween background. www.Percy2626.blogspot.com

Have fun looking at everyone's websites!!!!

Melanie said...

I want to enter!! :)

Melanie said...

Option 7 is my fav - probably because **I think** that's the picture you took when doing my bridals!! :)

Melanie said...

Here are my blogs - all of them have one of your backgrounds!




Abigail said...

you are so creative...your photos are absolutely breath taking!!!

name - Abby

favorite - zebra

thanksf or the chance!


Cherry Blossoms said...

Kiley Smith

I love "Just Breath"

Love your cute backgrounds Cristi, because just like you they are SUPER cute!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

Cate said...

Okay I already have two entries but I also put a background up on my personal blog :) I LOVE the zebra so much.

Raylynn said...

My favorite is Floral Smoothie! I will definitely post about you on my blog...always do! And I use your backgrounds exclusively for my blog! Hugs to you!

Kadee said...

Cristi, you're so fun! The floral smoothie used to be my favorite, it was on our blog for a while, and then I just changed it to the fall trees. I haven't posted recently, but there should be an update tomorrow so more people will be able to see it. We miss you and wish we could come and see you and your sweet little man! :)

Josh and Christina said...

Name: Christina Griffin

My favorite bckgrnd: sun porch

And, I always use your backgrounds, check it out at http://jcgriffin.blogspot.com/


Josh and Ashley said...

Ashley S.

Favorite Backrgound out of those ten is #8


Amanda said...

Name- Amanda

Favorite background: is a serious tie between #3 and #8... but since i've been using #3 as my background, i guess that's my pick...but now that i've see 8 i just might have to change.

i've blogged about it... and i added your link!

CRISTI YOU ROCK! Thanks for being so fun!

laura s. said...

Name- Laura

Favorite: #9 or frills2 (I have that one on my blog right now!)

My blog:

You'll find a link there and also mention of the contest.

Thanks for designing something I actually like. I've been having a hard time finding something I like and now I've found a bunch!

And, Hi Amanda!

Tiffany said...

My favorite is Option 7: "Cristi's Photography" I have previously had it on my site.

Tiffany said...

Thanks for your hard work.

Stapletons said...

I love #2 Sun Porch the best!
- Katie

Katri said...

Option 7 ("Christi's Photography" of Aspens in the fall) is by far my favorite. I have actually been using it as my background on my blog ever since you created it and put it on your blog. Check it out: http://njbarlows.blogspot.com

I'm not usually a scrapbooky-type person, but I actually love your designs. Thanks for creating and sharing them!

Aubrey said...

I love your work, would love to win!

Aubrey said...

I like the Christi's Photography background best.

Janice said...

YAY! A giveaway!

My name is Janice. :)

I like backfround #7 - or was it #8...ok, I like them all - but will pick 7 as my fave!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Maria said...

It's a hard draw between #3 (Zebra) & #8 (Sweet Rainbow)... but I think my fav is #8.

Love these, Cristi!

- Maria

Kuhni family said...

How fun are you?!!! I love it.

And... I love #2.

You are so stink'n creative!!!

And I will write about it too!

Desiree' said...

Hello. My name is Desiree. My favorite one is "Just breath". I've used one that was very similar to that on my blog in the past. and Amateurish? No one believes you! :)

Nicole said...

Nicole Harman

I love #7!

Hayden family said...

I love #8 Sweet Rainbow! Its so fun! I just figured out how to put wallpaper on my blog, but I'm excited to use yours! I think I'll paruse your fall ones again and put one of those on tonight. I'll let you know!

HailerStar said...

Name: Heather Halliday

Background loves: 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 (with the top fave being the wooded background)

I'll be back tomorrow to say which blog I'm using the background for ... (cuz I have several blogs).

HailerStar said...

Added a layout - loved the Winter ones - to my blog. You can look it up at committedtoself.blogspot.com

Mentioned the contest.

(Total props to Calla Hines for posting this on her blog because without her I wouldn't know there are blog backgrounds out there that I like!)

Torri P said...

Entry #1 Torri Phillips

Torri P said...

Entry #2 My fav is Option #2 "Sun Porch"

Torri P said...

Entry #3 Have one of your backgrounds... www.joshtorrimadisonkylee.blogspot.com

Torri P said...

Entry #4 post about your site.... www.joshtorrimadisonkylee.blogspot.com

Alan and Kiersten said...

i finally posted about the contest on my blog! alanandkiersten.blogspot.com

Alison B said...

My favorite are 8 & 9...I can't figure out which one.

alisonnay at gmail dot com

Alison B said...

I just put a fun gobble gobble gobble template on my blog. so cute!!!

Hey, thanks for the nice comments on my blog. you are so cute. I dont' have your email, so I"ll just leave you a message on here. thanks!

Darci said...

Hey Cristi! I love all of your new backgrounds but if I had to choose one: I would pick the Seaside one! I live in the Great Northwest and my husband and I spent our honeymoon at the beach and touring lighthouses...so as you see, the beach and lighthouses will always have a special place in my heart! And I love the gifts you are presenting! The photos of the temple are exquisite! Thank you for doing this and here's hoping! Give your little guy a hug for me! Darci

Amber said...

I like option 7 or 9 best. I like the simple ones with florals best I think. I'm using one of your backgrounds on my blog-http://www.losingitthesensibleway.blogspot.com/
Hope I win! Amber

Elisa Simmons said...

I love your designs - thanks!
I'm using your tree #7 as my background on my blog current and it is definitely my favorite!
Elisa Simmons

Logan and Emily said...

My favorite is #7!

i love it because there's hardly anything like it out there in the blog world. I don't see gorgeous pictures used as backgrounds too often. Plus...it totally makes me homesick!

LuCi said...

Name - Amy

Favorite Background #2

LOVE the Temple photo with the flowers (all are beautiful)

I have always used Cristi's Creations for my background! :)

Best of luck with the contest.

FYI - I have heard you sing (Amazing!), seen your photos, and your backgrounds - - Cristi there is nothing amateur about any of it! You are soooo talented!

Houston and Rachael said...

Name- Rachael

I love the Just Breathe background. I've been looking for "it's a girl" background but can't find anything I like. I think this would be perfect.


LL said...

Name: Laurel Lee

Favorite: Option 7
I love the trees!

Christal said...

My favorite is the Zebra background you have some awesome talent!!
dabevo@hotmail.com! Love your pics too!!

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